Konserwacja kościoła de Fontaines w Neuchâtel
RESTORATION OF DE FONTAINES CHURCH AT NEUCHÂTEL, SWITZERLAND
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Basing on example of a small de Fontaines church at Neuchâtel, Switzerland the author deals With an essential problem of adaptative restoration works being undertaken in architectural objects of historical character. Though the building in question, when considered from the viewpoint of history of art, cannot be classified as one belonging to the top category the restoration works carried out gave rise to a great deal of interesting discussion. The problems involved in restoration of th a t church were presented in the summer of 1971 at the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property, Rome, th a t has been established under the auspices of UNESCO, as a specific fea ture in certain modern tendencies present in the conservator’s work. During th e course of restoration in 1969 from the church interior were removed its neo-Gothic fittings made of wood, except for pulpit, whose place took a number of wood furnishings extremely simple in their shapes. In this strive to achieve an intended simplicity and the most functional character of the church’s interior the conservators have, however, advanced too far, as the new fittings are quite drastically modern as to their forms and worse still in sharp contrast to architecture. In this connection the fact th a t from among elements of the former fittings the pulpit has been left as the only element seems to be a misunderstanding or even failure. The author emphasizes th a t it is not the change of fittings alone with which he is dealing in his article but the so-called spirit of the monument meant as the character and climate of authenticity. The excessively modernized interior of de Fontaines church has become one sterile and deprived of colour thus loosing its intrinsic climate and character.
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